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Current House of Reps Most Anti-Green in History

Current House of Reps Most Anti-Green in History

A new report  finds that the current House of Representatives is the most anti-environmental in US history, having voted 247 times to undermine environmental and health protection in the last 18 months. Nearly one in five of the 1,100 legislative roll call votes so far this Congress – 19% – were votes to undermine environmental protection. While this is a record, it is by no means a new trend that the Republicans in the House vote consistently against environmental protection.

The report, prepared by the Democratic staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee, also found that the oil and gas industry has been the largest beneficiary of the anti-environment  House votes.  The House has voted 109 times on legislation that would enrich the oil and gas industry, including 45 votes to weaken environmental, public health, and safety requirements applicable to the oil industry, 38 votes to prevent deployment of clean energy alternatives, and 12 votes to expedite review of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“House Republicans are putting the interests of oil companies and other big polluters over the health and safety of Americans and their families,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member.  “They have voted to reverse decades of efforts to ensure that families have clean air to breath and clean water to drink.  They have voted to deny the science of climate change, defund investments in clean energy, and open vast areas to new oil drilling.  The assault on the environment has been relentless and reckless and would make our country more polluted and less productive.”

Clean air, clean water, climate change, and the EPA were all the targets of votes, including:

77 votes to undermine the Clean Air act, including blocking the EPA from regulation of toxic mercury and others aimed at bolstering health-based standards; and

31 votes to weaken the Clean Water Act, weakening the EPA’s ability to stop mountaintop removal mining disposal, protect wetlands, and set water quality standards.

Besides weakening regulatory bodies, Republicans repeatedly voted to cut the budgets of environmental oversight by the EPA, the Department of Energy and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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12:16PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

All the republican House members are dirty liars who are bought and paid for by the dirty coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear industries that are destroying this planet. And these dirty scumbags are paid $175,000 a year by our taxes. Our republican congress is a disgrace to this nation, and they all should go to prison.

7:42AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

The House is a bunch of criminals. Why haven't they been arrested? Easily half of them should be on death row for the crimes they've committed, and every one has been involved in murder of some sort.

7:26AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Who is surprised? Come on, raise your hand! Some one? Any one?

6:21AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Shameful!

5:43AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

The GOP (GREED OF POWER) - D O N O T REPRESENT :"WE THE PEOPLE".
They have no idea of the average person, only 1% centers, corporations ( such as
Romney's - Bain hedge fund of which he still receives remuneration) and outsources
U S jobs in the name of profit, Koch Bros.,Sheldon Edelson ( who owns the Venetian in Las Vegas and many other casinos)Karl Rove,Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mc Connell and the Paul Ryan's of the GOP, need apply to this all boys club. Everyone else in the HUMAN RACE is below them and to ignorant to be able to think, as they have proven
by spending millions of dollars to fix the 'ELECTIONS" in their favor,thanks to the activist Supreme Court lead by John Robert's. What we need in the 2012 NOVEMBER ELECTION
is more of the same, so that we may become a 2nd class India. VOTE 'REPUBLICAN"
so that the GOP and their friends can live happily ever after, while we as a nation and a
united people lose our dignity, souls and freedom. HURRAH FOR THE GOP.

3:02AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Good to know what the GOP is up to.

2:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

This republican congress is completely bought and paid for by the billionare Koch brothers. They don't care about wind and solar power or climate change. All they care about is the money big oil, coal, nuclear, and natural gas companies pays them.

2:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

This republican congress is completely bought and paid for by the billionare Koch brothers. They don't care about wind and solar power or climate change. All they care about is the money big oil, coal, nuclear, and natural gas companies pays them.

2:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

This republican congress is completely bought and paid for by the billionare Koch brothers. They don't care about wind and solar power or climate change. All they care about is the money big oil, coal, nuclear, and natural gas companies pays them.

10:27AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

thanks

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